Monday, May 5, 2014

Idaho Same-Sex Couples Have Their Day in Court

Posted By on Mon, May 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Four Idaho couples had their day in court Monday as U.S. District Court Judge Candy Dale listened to arguments for and against Idaho's ban of same-sex marriages.

The couples are represented by two Idaho attorneys and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, which has successfully argued against similar anti-gay constitutional amendments in Utah and New Mexico.

Here is more information about the couples in this landmark case:

Sue Latta and Traci Elhers of Boise have been a couple for 10 years. Latta is an adjunct professor at Boise State University and is deeply involved in the Boise arts community. Ehlers is a co-owner of a Boise business. Latta has adult children, who have been co-parented,  and two grandchildren.

Lori and Sharne Watson of Boise have been together for four years. Lori Watsen is a licensed clinical social worker and associate field director for Boise State University's School of Social Work. Sharene is a physician assistant. They are parents of an infant.

Sheila Robertson and Andrea Altmayer of Boise have been together for 16 years. Robertson is a teacher of deaf children and Almayer is a certified massage therapist. They are parents of a 4-year-old son.

Amber Beierle and Rachel Robertson of Boise have been together for three years. Beierle is a manager of a state historic site and Robertson is manages a commercial supply warehouse and a veteran of the Idaho Army National Guard, serving a tour of duty in Iraq.

Judge Dale told attorneys Monday that she hoped to hand down a ruling in the case in the relatively near future, according to the Associated Press.

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